3 Procedures for Choosing a Retirement Home
One day, the time will come to choose a retirement home for your loved one. It is a big decision for all concerned, so choosing the right one is of the utmost importance. Having some knowledge will help in asking all the right questions as you go about looking for the right nursing home.
Of course, each family is different as is each situation. What’s right for one family cannot be applied to another. One family’s loved one may go jogging 3 times a week while another family’s loved one may have mobility issues, so their needs are different. Let’s look at some tips on how to choose a retirement home provider.
1. Checking Credentials
You need to make sure to check the credentials of the institution. Find out how long they have been in business. What kind of services do they provide? Not all institutions can provide the same services. If they can provide your loved one with the right services and meet the needs of your family, what about in the future? Your loved one’s needs will change over time as they get older, so find out if they can handle this as well.
Will their support staff be available to meet specific needs and are they well-trained? Palliative care is different and specialized and many places do not have the right staff to handle this. If your loved one requires such services, then your choices will be very limited. The staff, too, need to be monitored and supervised by a team, so find out about their qualifications too.
2. Nursing Staff
It is also important to find out as much as you can regarding the nursing staff. Your parent may not be from Canada and may not have a good command of either one of the 2 official languages. If that is the case, is there someone who speaks the same language? Is the RN supervisor able to speak with other professionals and are they also able to meet with and speak to family members? Will you know beforehand who the caregiver will be for your loved one? Also, find out if health care members are bonded and insured.
You need to be thorough and meticulous when finding out information. A lot of people will do the same thing. For example, what will happen if the caregiver is sick and takes time off? Don’t be afraid to ask about how they hire health care providers. Do they have an ongoing training procedure for supervisors and nurses?
3. Cost Of Services
Find out all the service costs and what hours your loved one is entitled to. Do you pay everything or is part of it subsidized in any way?
You also want to have good customer service. Is it difficult to get hold of someone? Are they courteous and helpful? Make sure to find out about references in order to find out more about the institution and their services and reputation. There are some places where the elderly are abused and it is no longer a secret that this happens frequently in many of these places. Make sure to find out so that you will feel confident in arranging for your loved one to stay in the place that you choose.